Why does a diabetic need a regular eye exam?

With diabetes comes a risk of diabetic retinopathy, which is when the blood vessels in the retina are ruptured. The following areas can be affected by this:

  • Blood vessels in the front or middle parts of the eye

  • Back of the eye

  • Optic nerve area

It is common for those with diabetes to have these problems. The early stages of this condition do not cause sight problems, so you will not notice any symptoms.

That is why you should have a dilated eye exam once a year. During this exam, your eyes will receive drops that make your pupils bigger, that way the doctor can see the back of your eye. The doctor will take a digital retinal scan, or pictures of the back of your eye.

This procedure can be done by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.